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Afrotyphlops anomalus (BOCAGE, 1873)

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Higher TaxaTyphlopidae (Afrotyphlopinae), Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesAngolan giant blind-snake, Anomalous Beaked Snake 
SynonymOnychocephalus anomalus BOCAGE 1873: 248
Typhlops anchietae BOCAGE 1886: 172
Typhlops (Onchocephalus) anchietae BOCAGE 1886
Onychocephalus anchietae - MATSCHIE 1890: 608
Typhlops anchietae - BOULENGER 1893: 40
Typhlops anomalus - BOULENGER 1893: 47
Tphlops anchiate ROSE 1950 (error typographicus)
Typhlops anchietae — FITZSIMONS 1966
Rhinotyphlops anomalus - ROUX-ESTÈVE 1974: 190
Rhinotyphlops anomalus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 78
Megatyphlops anomalus — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009
Afrotyphlops anomalus — HEDGES et al. 2014
Megatyphlops anomalus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 431 
DistributionSE Angola

Type locality: “Huilla, l’intérieur de Mossamedes,” [= Huila, Provincia da Huila, Angola] (15.067°S, 13.550°E, elevation 1695 m). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesSyntypes: MBL 1177A–D, collected by J. d’Anchieta, 1871 and J.J. da Graça (destroyed by fire 18 March 1978). 
CommentDescription in BROADLEY & WALLACH 2009. 
  • Bocage, J. V. BARBOZA DU 1873. Reptiles nouveaux de l'interieur de Mossamedes. Jor. Sci. math. phys. nat. Lisboa 4: 247-253
  • Bocage, J.V.B. du 1886. Typhlopiens nouveaux de la Faune africaine. Jorn. Sci. math. phys. nat., Lisboa, 11:171-174
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. & Wallach, V. 2009. A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species. Zootaxa 2255: 1-100 - get paper here
  • Conradie W, Bills R, and Branch WR. 2016. The herpetofauna of the Cubango, Cuito, and lower Cuando river catchments of south-eastern Angola. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(2) [Special Section]: 6–36 - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B., Marion, A.B., Lipp, K.M., Marin, J. & Vidal, N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology 49: 1–61 - get paper here
  • Matschie,G.F.P. 1891. Ueber eine kleine Sammlung von Reptilien und Amphibien aus Süd-Afrika. Zool. Jahrb., Abtl. Systematik (Jena) 5 [1890]: 605-611 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Rose, W. 1950. The Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern Africa. Maskew Miller, Cape Town, xxv + 378 pp., 213 figs., 7 pls
  • Roux-Estève, R. 1974. Révision systématique des Typhlopidae d'Afrique. Reptilia. Serpentes. Mém. nation. Hist. nat., Paris, (sér.A.) 87: 1-313
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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